Tesla Inc.’s luxury sedan is back in the good graces of Consumer Reports.
The Model S regained its status as the magazine’s top-rated, ultra-luxury sedan after Tesla
updated its software to include automatic emergency braking at highway speeds, Consumer Reports said Tuesday.
The car got an over-the-air update that set the upper limit of the advanced driver-assistance feature back to 90 miles per hour, like the Model S versions built before October 2016.
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The magazine had lowered its Model S safety scores in April for the newer versions of the sedan and the Model X, Tesla’s luxury SUV, because they didn’t have their AEB system enabled as part of a “standard” package.
The magazine awards extra points to vehicles that have AEB as a standard feature for all trims, it said.
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Tesla began a rollout of AEB in April, but the update activated the feature on vehicles up to 28 mph; later that month Tesla said that AEB would eventually work at highway speeds, “which led to the recent update,” Consumer Reports said. In May, the magazine said it would revise scores once the feature worked at highway speeds.
The Model X also regained some points, “but those did not lift it very much in its category, where it resides near the bottom,” Consumer Reports said.
The SUV last month won top marks from U.S. regulators, which bestowed the highest safety marks on tests that included frontal crashes, side crashes, and rollovers. The Model X was the first SUV to achieve an all-around five-star rating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company said at the time.